Champagne Clandestin is a new joint project between Bertrand Gautherot of Vouette & Sorbée and his righthand man, the young, energetic, Burgundian- trained Benoit Doussot. Needless to say both Bertrand and Benoit have a lot of experience with the terroirs around their village, so much so that their neighbors in Buxières-sur-Acre have been turning to them for assistance in setting their vineyards to rights after years of neglect. Everything at Clandestin is harvested by hand, fermentation are natural with nothing added or taken away. After fermentation the wines are aged in neutral 300L and 500L French oak barrels before aging sur latte for 15 months. To retain the purity of these Champagnes, they are bottled without dosage.
Coming from west-facing vineyards of Pinot Noir in the commune of Buxières- sur-Acre, Les Semblables is the first release for Champagne Les Clandestins. These sites are far cooler than most vineyards farmed in the village making for precise and intensely mineral wines lashed with bright, crunchy berry flavors. Fermented and aged in French oak barrels before aging sur latte for 15 months, Les Semblables is disgorged and finished without any dosage. Certified Organic with Biodynamic practices, grown on Kimmeridgian limestone. Carbonic Maceration, aged in French oak, finished with zero dosage after 15 months sure latte.